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only way to he replace it now is for us to cut social security, medicare, and not close a single loophole. and i have to tell you, if that's an argument they want to have before the court of public opinion, that is an argument i'm more than willing to engage in. >> but if there's one thing republicans are pretty much united on, it's that revenue is absolutely not an option. >> this quest to continually to raise taxes is not going anywhere. we've already done that. >> americans do not support sacrificing real spending cuts for more tax hikes. >> this is the wrong time for sequestration to take place. we should be able to sit down together and resolve this without again asking the american people to have their taxes increased. >> i want to bring in roll call cheryl and washington bureau chief ryan grim. good morning. >> good morning. >> the president says let's replace this with taxes and alternate cuts. republicans say cuts but no taxes. is it clear, ryan, who has the upper hand here? >> it's not entirely clear. republicans certainly feel like they have the upper hand here, much m
have to make the critical ones. >> is this something you would support or could use as a starting point? >> we need to use it as a starting point. i'm not telling you that it's perfect. you know? i don't think, you know, senator simpson walked down from the mountain with all of the solutions. i think we need to sit and starting talking about this as opposed to to posturing. whether the president invites a republican or knows his name? these are absurd postulations. we can't grow the economy when people don't know what it looks like. >> you're on the subcommittee on immigration and huge outrage from the republicans about the leak of those details on the plan of immigration. when you look at the details, is the white house plan more in line with your beliefs? what about the senate bipartisan plan? tell me where you think this is right now. >> again, this is a perfect example what is going on that is wrong. the president's plan is right on all four of where senator rubio has been talking about. he hits all of the points. you know, it's about securing the border. it's about verificati
using his big approval ratings to force lawmakers into seeing things his way. that gets a lot of complaints on the hill, particularly from republicans who say, why don't you come help us legislate something, instead of campaigning all around the country on this. and the devil always, with immigration, is in the details. you talked about high-skill immigration for one. everyone agrees that we should have smarter people here, but that's a carrot in terms of, you know, comprehensive bill. nobody wants to just pass that one piece, because then it gets harder to make a path for citizenship, for everyone else, because that's the harder piece of that. so they don't want to give up these things that everybody agrees on and pass them piecemeal for things that the people don't agree on will then fall by the wayside. >> the short-termism is really disappointing, because, you know, i was just talking to general electric, as a matter of fact, the other day. they've got a lot of new plants opening up, a lot of developments in silicon valley, and this isn't even a tech firm. they're saying, we
, cutting some of the essential services that people rely on is not good for the country. >> karen, give us your assessment. we have the gdp numbers, we have the jobs numbers, we have the sequester. what's going on? >> well, i think that what the -- the best description of what the jobs numbers suggest, the economy is sort of muddling along. and that there is a real fragility still there to the recovery. and certainly, anything that washington does as we saw with the first debt ceiling negotiations, anything that washington does that adds to the uncertainty certainly doesn't help the economy. so i think most people would like to see these people sort of get their act together before the deadline, hopefully. >> well, in fact, senator roy blunt just blamed uncertainty. let me play that. >> uncertainty is probably even a greater problem than contraction. if we knew what the government spending was going to be with some certainty, that would be better than this constant not knowing. we're on the 60-day clock and then on the 90-day clock. we need to get on a four and five-year clock. and that's
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